Thursday, September 10, 2009

Butea monosperma




Botanical name : Butea monosperma (Lam.) Taub.
Family : Fabaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Palasa, Kimsuka, Raktapushpa, Ksharasreshta

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Katu, Tikta, Kashaya
Guna : Lakhu, Rooksha
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka: Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Flame of the forest
Hindi : Palas, Dhak
Malayalam : Chamata, Plash

Distribution – Throughout India growing wild in planes, also cultivated in roadsides.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A medium sized deciduous tree, grows up to 15 meters in height. Leaves imparipinnate, trifoliate, leaflets big, obtuse and glabrous. Flowers bright red, large, in racemes; fruits green pods, containing one seed.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, hemorrhage, hemorrhoids, intestinal worms, diabetes, colic, flatulence, inflammation, arthritis, and skin diseases.
Useful part : Bark, Leaves, Flowers, Seeds, Gum.

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